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Explore Athens: Tours, Attractions & Activities
Ancient archaeological ruins and crumbling architectural marvels lend an enduring enchantment to the Greek capital. The city is named Athens after its patron and goddess of wisdom, Athena. Her 5th-century temple, Parthenon, the most well-recognised symbol of the city, stands guard on the Acropolis hilltop like a watch-guard over the urban sprawl below.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Acropolis along with the contemporary Acropolis Museum and neo-classical National Archaeological Museum, are the mainstay of tourism. Plaka, the oldest part of the city, tempts with its cobbled streets filled with atmospheric cafes and quaint shops. Other popular areas are the markets of Monastiraki and the more upmarket store-lined pedestrian Ermou Street.
Syntagma Square, home of the Greek Parliament, makes an interesting landmark for the Chaaging of the Guards ceremony. Two other trendy neighbourhoods to explore are Psiri and Gazi. Hop on hop off city bus tours and guided sightseeing tours are the best way to get acquainted with the landmarks.
Athens has much to offer by way of gastronomy. Among the popular Greek dishes to try are gyros and moussaka, but there is no dearth of international and fusion cuisine either. Many bars and waterfront dance clubs offer a taste of pure Mediterranean nightlife.
Most visitors take day trips to nearby islands like Hydra during their Athens tour. For the more historically-minded, the top thing to do in Athens is to visit archeological sites at Delphi and Sounion Bay.
Frequently Asked Questions about Athens
Greece uses the Euro currency but US Dollar and British Sterling Pound is also accepted at most places